Troops of the Nigerian Army have arrested a Boko Haram commander and rescued 212 persons held hostage by the terrorists in Borno State.
Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, this in a statement signed by him on Tuesday.
He said the feat was made during a clearance operation by troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade Nigerian Army, in collaboration with 22 Mobile Strike Team and some civilian JTF attached to Operation Lafiya Dole.
Troops also killed four other terrorists during the operation while clearing the insurgents from their hideouts located at Kala, Jawara, Mada, Mika, Gakulba and Kutilax (Sanga), northern fringes of Sambisa forest, as well as fringes of Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
According to the statement, the terrorists had dashed into the adjoining Amchada forest on sighting the approaching troops from their observation post at Sanga before they were killed.
Brigadier General Usman said the captured Ameer is undergoing further interrogation while the rescued persons are being documented and the underaged children were administered oral polio vaccines.